A Guide to English Medical Schools in Italy
Applying to Medical School · May 15, 2018 Mr Gerens Curnow
Mr. Gerens Curnow is a Medical Student from the University of Exeter. He is the winner of the Educator Development Committee Award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education. He is the author of three of our Medical School Application Guidebooks.
Italy is a country in Southern Europe, that projects into the Mediterranean Sea. It is home to 60 million people, Europe’s highest mountain (Mont Blanc) and also some of the richest and most historically significant artefacts that can be found anywhere in the world. From the bathhouses and the Colosseum to the ruins of Pompeii, Italy is a treasure trove of ancient monuments, items, and traditions.
Medical Schools in Italy Taught in English
Knowing why you want to work in the medical field and being able to articulate that at your medicine interview is crucial for med schools when they decide which of their applicants they are going to make offers to. Nothing supports your argument for commitment to medicine better than having had hands-on work experience to show for it, and for a lot of young adults that often comes in the form of volunteer work.
- University of Bari
- University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’
- Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
- Humanitas University*
- University of Milan
- University of Naples ‘Federico II’
- University of Pavia
- University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’
- University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’
- Vita-Salute San Raffaele University*
These english speaking medical schools have fairly small cohorts, with 540 students in total being offered a place each year. Fees at the public medical schools (all except San Raffaele and Humanitas) are among the lowest in Europe. The average tuition fee is 1200 EUROS per annum. The actual tuition fee is based on family income provided by the student. Regardless, this is much lower than you will pay for an equivalent course in the United States, United Kingdom or Eastern Europe.These are also extremely international courses, with students from all over the world benefiting from the enriching experience of studying medicine in such a beautiful and modern country. The University appreciates that some students may not know any Italian, and thus runs courses to help foreign students with daily life. This is alongside the lectures, books and exams which are all in English.
All of the Italian medical universities offer 6-year programmes only, which are all open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants. The courses take a modern approach to medical education, with problem-based learning being a key feature of the curriculum in several of the institutions. There remains, however, a strong emphasis on securing a strong knowledge base in the basic sciences prior to the commencement of clinical training, ensuring graduates from Italian universities have the knowledge as well as the skills to perform as successful and well-rounded doctors. With the relatively late exposure to patients, students can obtain a good level of Italian before engaging with the patients.Many of the Universities also offer the chance to spend part of your medical degree in a partner University in Europe. You are treated like a student from that country. Pavia lets students exchange with medical students in the United States.
Medical students opinions
Another key benefit is the strength of the faculties, which the students feel are not only knowledgeable and experienced but also approachable and engaging. While some students feel that the organisation of the institutions has room for improvement, and others feel language barriers sometimes exist between the students and their teachers and patients, all the students interviewed for our guidebook would recommend their university and Italy as a whole as a great place to study medicine. The qualification you achieve is internationally recognised. It allows graduates to practise medicine in the UK, Europe, and apply to practise medicine further afield.
So how do I choose?
If you are interested in learning more about studying medicine in Italy, view our guidebook "Get into Medical School Eastern Europe, Ireland & Italy". There is also a very useful resource at medschool.it where a number of current medical students at English speaking universities in Italy provide application advice. It was founded by Alex Ochakovski who pursues his career in Ophthalmology and ophthalmic gene therapy research in Germany. It offers a good comparison of all the medical students, based on IMAT requirements, tuition fees, living costs, rankings and more.